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Introduction to the Book of Nephi

composed ca. 585 bc1Obviously written after the company arrived in the “promised land,” this introduction was published at the beginning of the Book of Nephi. Curiously, it omits mention of his brothers Joseph and Jacob. It was likely written before Nephi was anointed king, and had anointed his own brother Jacob the high priest to govern their new temple.

His Reign and Ministry

An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons, being called, beginning at the eldest: Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity and they seek to destroy his life. He taketh three days’ journey into the wilderness with his family.

Nephi taketh his brethren and returneth to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The account of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ishmael to wife. They take their families and depart into the wilderness.

Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. He confoundeth them, and buildeth a ship. They call the place Bountiful. They cross the large waters into the promised land, and so forth.

This is according to the account of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record.

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